Friday, November 30, 2007

News Briefs

Intolerance and our students

On a daily basis, students in high schools across the country are exposed to degrees of intolerance, abuse and negativity about their communities.

Seeking to address these topics, a panel discussion will be presented at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, by. St. Luke's Youth Adult Konnections, Wood River High School, the Parent Teacher Student Association and Blaine County Probation.

"Be the Change: A Discussion of Community, Participation, and Responsible Relationships" will be held in the WRHS Distance Learning Lab. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Frances Nagashima at 727-8735 or visit

Eco-summit comes to Boise

The second annual Idaho Environmental Summit, with participation from several Wood River Valley organizations and businesses, will be held in Boise in December. Local participants at the three-day summit will include Lava Lake Land and Livestock and the Idaho Conservation League, which has offices in Ketchum.

The event will take place Dec. 11-13 at the Doubletree Riverside Hotel in Boise. Issues to be covered include air quality, climate change, fire management, fish and wildlife, land use and recreation.

Early registration for the summit—which provides a discount on admission—has been extended through today, Nov. 30.

For further information about the event, including a detailed agenda, go to or call (208) 874-3102.

Tree lighting in new location

Ketchum's traditional holiday tree lighting will be in a new location this year.

It has moved from Forest Service Park to Ketchum Town Plaza, at the intersection of Fourth Street and East Avenue, to highlight the new Fourth Street Heritage Corridor. The lighting ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 7.

Santa Claus will arrive on a fire engine at approximately 6 p.m. to light the tree. Ketchum City Administrator Ron LeBlanc and Ketchum City Council member Terry Tracy will accompany him.

Christmas carols, hot cocoa, hot cider, cookies and a chance to have a photo with Santa will be part of the evening.

FAA to host airport meetings

The public is invited to two meetings in which the environmental impact statement for the proposed replacement of Hailey's Friedman Memorial Airport will be discussed.

They will take place at the Community Campus in Hailey on Monday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The meetings will be hosted by officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the international consulting firm Landrum & Brown, which has been given a contract to manage the study.

The public will have the opportunity to comment on the study and ask questions.

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